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10/12/2017

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Christ's Suffering For Sins


"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Pet.3:18).

Back in chapter two, Peter touched on the vicarious atonement of Christ by writing this; "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth" (Vs 22). He wants to makes sure and reaffirm that his readers understand that through the sufferings of Christ, the price has been paid for sins... When one comes to Christ in faith and obedience, sins are forgiven. The price of a Christian's sins have been paid vicariously by Jesus on the cross, and consequently, one enjoys peace with God. In the process of explaining his claim for the work of Christ, Peter looks to God's judgement on sin in the days of Noah... There is a beautiful parallel drawn between God's saving the people of Noah's day though the water and His saving Christians through baptism. Noah and his world bring judgement to mind... A Christian should always be aware that God will judge the world through Jesus Christ, as there will be an accounting for sin. The parallel drawn is crystal clear.... "in it (the ark) only a few people were saved, eight in all, were saved through the water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you ----- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God" (20-21). Peter's words ring through the corridors of time.... and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you.... Though it is the only explicit reference about baptism in the letter, it makes a clear statement. Obedience to God in baptism is integral to faith, and there is no faith without its willing expression in a bodily act. Paul explains this too; "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Rom.6:4). In and through baptism, God moves the lost sinner into the body of the redeemed...

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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